If you’re finding that you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep for roughly eight hours (the recommended number of hours that your average adult should be getting), then you are not alone. Many people struggle to get a good night’s sleep consistently for a variety of reasons. It may just be an overabundance of energy, or it may be other factors, like stress. Regardless of the reasoning, most people will turn to sleeping pills to try and get a good night’s sleep. However, sleeping pills can have several unintended side effects, including diarrhea, other stomach problems, anxiety, and other serious medical problems.
Thankfully, an all-natural, scientifically proven alternative exists to sleeping pills, it’s called exercise. Exercise can be a great way to improve your sleep quality, without having to deal with all the negative side effects that come with sleeping pills. In this article, you will find out how exercise can make you sleep better.
It Uses Up Excess Energy
A lot of people are unable to sleep because they aren’t active in their daily lives and thus they have all this pent-up energy. As you can probably guess, one of the main benefits of exercise is how it enables you to burn off that excess energy. You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to get to sleep on time and stay asleep when you’re tired from a day of both work and exercise, as opposed to just working all day and then spending the rest of it in front of the television.
You have to be careful not to overdo it, however. If you exercise too close to your bedtime, it’s actually going to make it harder for you to get to sleep. This is because your body produces adrenaline when you exercise. This adrenaline eventually wears off, but if you exercise right before bed, then the adrenaline will still be present, running your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
It Relieves Stress
Stress and/or anxiety are some of the most common sleep killers out there. While some people may report that stress actually makes them sleepy, for the vast majority of people, stress degrades their sleep quality. Exercise is a great way of getting rid of stress. If you suffer from excessive stress, you’ll be shocked at just how much easier it is to sleep when you aren’t stressed out. You’ll fall asleep quicker and you’ll actually stay asleep.